Every year since 1945, the European Forum Alpbach has been organizing an event with the same name in the Tyrolean mountain village of Alpbach. For almost three weeks Alpbach becomes the village of thinkers. Speakers and participants from all parts of the world, from science, economics and politics, experienced experts and students, come together in Alpbach to discuss the current issues and to formulate interdisciplinary solutions. The open character of the events promotes a climate of tolerance for different opinions and contributes to the overcoming of national, ideological and disciplinary boundaries in a harmonious way. Since its inception, each more than 3,000 people from over 50 countries take up the invitation to participate in the European Forum Alpbach. The working languages are English and German.
The European Forum Alpbach consists of three main programme tracks:
ALPBACH SEMINAR WEEK
The Alpbach Seminar Week constitutes the traditional academic part of the European Forum Alpbach. 16 seminars which are held every morning or afternoon for six days are addressing Forum’s overarching topic which is different every year, from a variety of interdisciplinary angles. The working languages are English or German.
ALPBACH SYMPOSIA WEEK
The Alpbach Symposia are the practice-oriented part of the forum. They give participants the opportunity to interactively discuss current issues with researchers, business-people and politicians. Most common symposia are those on healthcare, applied sciences, technology development, economy, finance, environment, lobbying and networking in the EU, politics. The working languages are again German and English, and simultaneous translation is available.
ALPBACH SUMMER SCHOOLS
The Alpbach Summer Schools are two-week training courses. They give their participants the opportunity to study a specific field, like European Union’s law, institutions, policies or healthcare and social systems, in great depth while at the same time enjoying Alpbach’s interdisciplinary atmosphere. Working languages for Alpbach Summer School on European Integration are both English and German, but for Alpbach Summer School on European Health and Social Systems in Transition only English.
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAMME
A rich cultural agenda and numerous social events complement the conference. Young artists have the opportunity to present their work through exhibitions, concerts and various performances. Also, Fireside chats are great opportunity to have open informal conversation with most eminent scientists and politicians.
Participation of students and young experts from Serbia is possible through two scholarship programmes. One programme is organized by European Forum Alpbach and another by Club Alpbach Belgrade.